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Mythicizations of the Nationless: Hong Kong Spectral Temporality

無國的神話:香港的靈異想像

Abstracts


本文以香港的後殖民性及國家觀念的內涵為依歸,從中探討鬼魅對時間重構及根源重塑在族群想像中的重要性。在香港,鬼魅及時空想像的延申,掙脫殖民地歷史及回歸後國家民族主義的牢籠。香港的敘事及論述,在鬼魅身上追蹤時間的足跡,修補歷史的斷裂,讓香港的故事,昇華至神話的境界。在去殖化的過程之下,在家與國的幻影之中,透現出屬於香港的時空構想。

Keywords

香港 鬼魅 神話化 本源 時間

Parallel abstracts


Focusing on Hong Kong’s unique postcoloniality oscillating in between nationalization and nationlessness, this paper conceptualizes this particular tension as the perfect medium for materializing and valorizing specters to redeem temporality and to invent originality for a community. Delineating the temporalizations orchestrated via exorcism and clairvoyance, this exploration scrutinizes the correlations between communal imagination, spectrality and time to achieve a historical conglomeration mixed by facts and imagination of the city’s colonial past and the ongoing nationalization. Hong Kong spectrality, as temporalized by the clairvoyant, serves as a critique against the universality of nationalism with its unique temporal configuration and interrogates the legitimacy of colonial and postcolonial histories. To scrutinize Hong Kong mythicizations is also to trace the paths where ghosts are summoned and materialized in order to reclaim a sense of originality and to redeem a temporal experience peculiarly Hong Kong, which also foregrounds the city’s cultural alterity in the processes of decolonization and nationalization among its Asian neighbors.

Parallel keywords

Hong Kong spectrality mythicization originality temporality

References


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